Hello! When I saw you'd posted last in the review battle requesting for this story, I had to snap it up at once -- I saw your banner request on TDA and was instantly intrigued, and besides, you know how I am about stories with mental illness! I actually truly can't get enough of them, and I've been turning over ideas in my head for a Ginny-centered mental illness story for a while with no luck. So, needless to say, I'm very excited you're writing one!
I can't wait to see more of the illness aspect of this story, with her dreams and seeing things and all of that. I think you've started it off really well, too, because it wasn't a huge focus in this chapter, even if I have the sense that you'll increase the am-I-going-mad feelings as the story progresses.
And another thing I just genuinely liked about this chapter was how serene it felt, an emotion I think you'll shatter later on... but it worked well here! Some of the first stories I ever read were just post-war family-type fics like this chapter (minus the snake dreams, of course), and I have a soft spot in my heart for them. ♥ And James is absolutely adorable! There's a reason I've written two collections about little kids, and it's not often people write about them, really, at these very young and sweet ages. I do think his speech is a little advanced for a two-and-a-half-year-old, however.
And also -- in canon, Ginny's actually the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet after she and Harry have started their family, not just someone who writes and sends in Quidditch articles. :) Just something I thought I'd mention!
I'm glad I got the chance to read this first chapter of yours! I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be keeping my eye out for a second. Victoire's birthday party, perhaps? Ooh! Now I sense that something will happen there, if you choose to write it, and I'm very eager to see what that'll be.
Author's Response: Aww, Rachel! I'm so happy to hear from you! It's great that you're looking forward to seeing what happens with this story, though I am definitely feeling pressure to do well now!
Trust me, Ginny's dreams and visions and the emotions she feels because of them will definitely increase as the plot builds. I tried to portray the dreams as something she's experienced on and off since her possession, except now they've started to occur more frequently and she's seeing things even during her waking hours. It definitely worries her, as it should.
I think the mundane family aspect is really helpful in terms of building the scary elements in the story because it just creates an excellent backdrop of a seemingly normal life that will ultimately be changed. I'm also having fun just exploring adult Ginny and figuring out who she really is. I was a bit worried about James's speech, though I tried to keep it as minimal as possible--I'll have to investigate how I can make him sound a bit more realistic. As for Ginny, I was going for the angle that she works her way up to being senior Quidditch correspondent--I think it'll be an important part of her journey, so stay tuned :)
Victoire's birthday party is coming up, but not right away. I do hope you come back when the second chapter is posted, because I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks so much for your lovely review!